(JNS) Sen. Elizabeth Warren responded affirmatively on Monday, July 15 to the anti-Israel group IfNotNow calling on her to pressure “the Israeli government to end occupation,” defined as “stealing Palestinian land.”
Two IfNotNow activists approached Warren, who was campaigning in New Hampshire, with one of them, University of Michigan student Becca Lubow, telling her, “We’d really love it if you also pushed the Israeli government to end occupation.”
“Yes, yes. So I’m there,” responded Warren swiftly, followed by taking a picture with the activists.
“Our members in New Hampshire just asked @ewarren if she would commit to pressuring the Israel to stop their 52-year military Occupation over the Palestinian people,” tweeted IfNotNow. “She said YES.”
Many consider all of Israel to be occupied, while Israel’s defenders note that the West Bank is disputed territory, and that the Palestinian areas are under the authority of the Palestinian Authority, known for corruption.
The Warren campaign, which includes IfNotNow co-founder Max Berger as director for progressive partnerships, did not respond to a request for comment.
The Jewish Democratic Council of America softly refuted IfNotNow’s posture toward the conflict and getting candidates to speak out against the so-called “occupation,” without mentioning the encounter its activists had with Warren.
“There’s a very different approach from [IfNotNow] and ours, the Jewish Democratic Council of America,” said JDCA executive director Halie Soifer on i24 Newson Tuesday, July 16, adding that there’s “consensus among the Democratic candidates on key issues such as support for a two-state solution, support of the U.S.-Israel relationship and opposition to the global BDS movement.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition blasted Warren. “Sen. Warren has aligned herself with the rapidly growing left-wing, anti-Israel base of her party,” said RJC executive director Matt Brooks. “Her comments quoted yesterday may have helped solidify her ‘progressive’ credentials for that base, but at the expense of our ally Israel and the prospects for a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
“The United States’ role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to be an honest broker, not to condemn the only democracy in the Middle East,” he said.